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Achievements by Treasure Valley people at work: April-May 2016

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Rick Waitley, of Meridian, was selected as a Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honoree. Waitley is president of Association Management Group, a firm that handles association management, legislative lobbying and event planning for nearly 40 agriculture organizations.


Evelyn Peterson is now an Autodesk Certified Professional for Revit Architecture, one of three certified in Idaho. Peterson joined CSHQA in 1999.

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Antonio Plascencia has joined CSHQA as an Architect-in-Training II. He received his MBA in 2014 from Northwest Nazarene University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Idaho in 2006 and his associate’s degree from Boise State University in 1998.

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LCA Architects has promoted Alexis Townsend, Ken Gallegos and Mark Heazle to senior architects. Townsend has 10 years of experience at LCA and Gallegos 18. Heazle has 13 years’ experience in architecture.


The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce has selected Renee Bade, Serve Idaho; Emily Baker, Gallatin Public Affairs; Mike Garcia, Corporate Office Installation; Steven Goddard, WinCo Foods LLC; Mike McKnight, Rocky Mountain Management and Development; Neil Nelson, ESI Construction; and Justin Smith, U.S. Bank; to serve on the chamber’s board of directors. Each will serve a three-year term.


Travis Brandenburgh has joined Lyle Pearson Auto Show as general manager. He has 20 years of luxury automotive experience.


Bank of the Cascades has named Rich Johnson mortgage district sales manager for the bank’s Idaho/Treasure Valley region.

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Joel Hickman has been named chief banking officer of Idaho Trust Bank. Hickman is a former regional president at KeyBank and U.S. Bank and vice president of corporate and community relations at Saint Alphonsus Health System.

“Joel delivers to Idaho Trust the best-qualified, most talented banker in Boise,” President Thomas Prohaska says.

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Karlin Johnson and Diane Kiehn have joined U.S. Bank as commercial banking relationship managers.

Johnson, previously a commercial loan officer for D.L. Evans Bank, will work in Nampa at 1112 First St. South.

Kiehn, previously a vice president-senior commercial relationship manager at Banner Bank, will work in Boise at 101 S. Capital, Suite 1400.

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Kenny Wroten has been hired as business development officer for Mountain West Bank at its Nampa 12th Avenue Road branch. Wroten has 15 years of experience in credit and lending, and 10 years of business-development experience with local banks and title companies.


The University of Idaho has named Marc Chopin dean of the College of Business and Economics, effective July 1.

Chopin is a professor of economics at Northern Arizona University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. His published research includes topics in micro- and macroeconomics, finance and marketing.

Longtime Dean Mario Reyes announced in August that he is stepping down.

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The University of Idaho’s Division of Finance has named Wesley Matthews executive director for human resources, effective May 23.

Matthews comes from Minot State University in North Dakota, where he has served as director of human resources for the last 16 years. He has a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and spent over 13 years in personnel management in the U.S. Air Force.

Matthews succeeds Greg Walters, who left U of I to become the new assistant vice president for human resources and training at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

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Shawn Patterson of Crimson Point Elementary School was honored as the Northwest District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by SHAPE America, the Society of Health and Physical Educators. Patterson has been a physical education teacher in the Kuna School District for 13 years.


Idaho National Laboratory honored more than 140 inventors, researchers and technicians at its 20th annual Research and Development Ceremony for 2015. Recipients include:

▪  Outstanding Paper by Early Career Scientist or Engineer: Travis Grimes, Peter Zalupski and Leigh Martin for “Features of the Thermodynamics of Trivalent Lanthanide/Actinide Distribution Reactions by Tri-n-octylphosphine Oxide (TOPO) and Bis(2-ethylhexyl) Phosphoric Acid”

▪  Outstanding Scientific Paper: Aaron Wilson and Christopher Orme for “Concentration Dependent Speciation and Mass Transport Properties of Switchable Polarity Solvents.”

▪  Lifetime Achievement Award for an INL Author: David Petti for more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and significant citation by others.

▪  Outstanding Innovation Award: Robert Schley and David Hurley for a tool that will help provide key information for validating new computational materials science models under development at INL.

▪  Outstanding Impact Award: Nikki Rasmussen, William Fuger, James Schondel, Margy Blackburn and Ryan Buxton for significant impact on a project that saves the lives of U.S. military and allied front-line military personnel.

Several people received Laboratory Director’s Achievement Awards. They are Assel Aitkaliyeva for early career exceptional achievement; Steve Hayes for exceptional engineering achievement; Jian Gan for exceptional scientific achievement; and Jack Law for individual lifetime achievement in science and technology.

Kevin Gering was honored as Inventor of the Year and William Fuger as Technician of the Year.

Financial Services

The Boise branch of Wells Fargo Advisors has promoted Scott P. Johnson to branch manager and Annette M. Fenton to assistant branch manager.

Johnson is a senior vice president — investment officer and has been with Wells Fargo Advisors 22 years. Fenton is a vice president and has been with Wells Fargo Advisors 10 years.

Three financial advisers have earned new titles:

Aaron J. Dykas, managing director — investments; Ray E. Ryan, senior vice president — investment officer; and Edward O. Cunningham, senior vice president — investment officer.

These employees are celebrating milestone anniversaries:

Timothy W. Richards, associate vice president — investment officer, 30 years; Cunningham, 25 years; and Jennifer Heichman, senior client associate, 15 years.

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Eide Bailly has hired three staff members in Boise:

Heidi Grad is a tax associate. She is a recent graduate of Boise State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in accountancy.

Wayne Ririe is an audit associate. He is a recent graduate of Utah State University, where he earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting. He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Financial Planning Association.

Shelby Schelling is an audit associate. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Ted Sharp has joined CFO Idaho. Now a Nampa resident, he started a consulting firm in Seattle in 2006. Before that, he was chief financial officer of Key Technology.


Danielle Casazza Hurd, of Boise, has been appointed by Gov. Butch Otter as the newest member of the Idaho Commission on the Arts. One of 13 commissioners from around the state, she will serve a four-year term. She has been an at-large member since 2014.

Health care

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners has named Dr. Anne Church, of the North End Children’s Health Clinic, as Nurse Practitioner of the Year for Idaho.

The National Association of Corporate Directors has named Jean De Luca and Greg Donaca as Governance Fellows. De Luca is president and CEO of Delta Dental of Idaho, and Greg Donaca is chief financial officer.


Kimberly Tower has joined PacificSource Health Plans as Idaho sales executive. She previously was sales executive with BPA Health and Wells Fargo Insurance.


Jamie Caplan Smith has joined Givens Pursley LLP as associate attorney. She received her law degree magna cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2013.

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Molly O’Leary, managing principal of BizCounselor@Law PLLC, is president of the Western States Bar for 2016. O’Leary is a recent past president of the Idaho State Bar.

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Christine E. Nicholas, Moffat Thomas president, has been inducted into the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.


ECCO Safety Group, of Boise, has named Doug Phillips as president of ECCO Safety Group Americas.

Phillips has 20 years of experience in corporate finance, marketing, sales and operations. Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he also served as a naval officer; and a MBA from Pennsylvania State University. He will oversee ESG Americas’ sites in Boise and St. Louis, Mo.

ESG, which makes safety and warning products, operates nine plants on four continents and employs 900 people.


Teri Tate McColly has joined Idaho Public Television as a corporate sponsorship manager, She has worked for Journal Broadcast Group and Sundance Broadcasting.

Natural Resources

Three Treasure Valley residents have received awards from the Idaho Water Users Association. Dale Carpenter from Kuna, Jerry Gregg of Boise and Velta Harwood of Meridian were honored for service to water organizations in support of irrigated agriculture and water delivery.

Carpenter was awarded IWUA’s Outstanding Service Award. He retired April 1 from United Phosphorous Inc. where he was an agricultural-chemical sales representative.

Gregg recently retired from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He was manager for the Bureau of Reclamation Snake River Area.

Harwood was named as an Outstanding Employee by IWUA. She recently retired with 21 years of service with the New York Irrigation District. MUGSx2


Amy Little has joined the Idaho Nonprofit Center as executive director.

Little has extensive experience in education, worked at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, was president/CEO at the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, and most recently was director of education impact for the Treasure Valley Education Partnership.

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NeighborWorks Boise’s board of directors has elected Jennifer Yost as 2016 president. Dawn Davis, Chris Stroh and Janet Mollerup are new board members.

Yost has served as the City of Nampa’s Community Development Program manager for the past 10 years and has been on the NWB board since 2013. She succeeds Erin Sorensen as president.

Davis, NWB’s new secretary, has been the manager of D.L. Evans Bank’s ParkCenter branch in Boise since 2005.

Stroh, owner of CS Property Management LLC since 2005, has 30 years of real estate management experience.

Mollerup has offered her mortgage underwriting skills to NWB’s Lending Department for 20 years. Before retiring, she was a mortgage underwriter for Syringa Bank.

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United Way of Treasure Valley has named four members to its board of directors:

Wes Jost is the senior vice president and regional director of Zions Bank’s Idaho Real Estate Banking Group.

Debra Leithauser is the president and publisher of the Idaho Statesman.

Josh Bishop is the Idaho regional vice president and a part of the executive management group for PacificSource Health Plans.

Christy Perry represents District 11 and has been an Idaho state representative since 2010.

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Junior Achievement of Idaho has named Sheri L. Davis as president and CEO. Davis has served as the interim president since November 2015.

She brings 18 years of marketing and public relations experience in telecommunications. Davis received President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award in 2010.

Real Estate

Danielle Cullip has been named Ada County branch manager for Silverhawk Realty. Cullip has worked in the real estate business since 2004.

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Windermere Real Estate/Access Realty has hired sales associate Tina Perry in Boise. Perry, who has a master’s degree in educational administration, previously had worked for the West Ada School District. MUG

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Ramona Merrill has been named vice president, marketing in the Intermountain Region for CenterCal Properties LLC.

Merrill started with CenterCal in January 2013 as the marketing director for The Village at Meridian and was promoted to regional marketing director two months later. Merrill will remain in Meridian. MUG

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Brenda Wunderlich has joined Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate as staff accountant. She brings 15 years of accounting experience. MUG

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Thornton Oliver Keller Commercial Real Estate hired Trevik Jenkins for its industrial brokerage team. Jenkins holds a bachelor’s degree from BYU-Idaho. MUG

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Karen Sander, an associate with the Boise office of Cushman & Wakefield|Commerce, has been selected by the International Downtown Association to serve on the Top Issue Council. Sander previously worked for the Downtown Boise Business Improvement District. MUG

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Jesse Murphy has joined Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group in the Downtown Boise office. Murphy holds an MBA and has 10 years of experience in marketing and business. MUG

The team of Jack and Christy Lupien has also joined Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group in Downtown Boise office. His previous experience includes 32 years in the surety business, and she spent 19 years as a paralegal. MUG

Caleb Krebs has joined Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group’s Downtown Boise office. He has been in Idaho for 25 years and has 10 years of customer service experience. MUG

Joe and Stephanie Hines have joined Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group’s Eagle office. His previous experience includes 15 years as a certified residential real estate appraiser, and she has 10 years of real estate investing experience. MUG

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Boise Regional Realtors have named the 2016 Circle of Excellence Award recipients: MUGSx7

Realtor of the Year: Kit Fitzgerald, Red Barn Real Estate.

Broker of the Year: Jason McCurdy, Amherst Madison Partners.

Rookie Realtor of the Year: Matt Kiser, Equity Idaho Real Estate.

Affiliate of the Year: Jenni Brazier, TitleOne Corp.

Darlene Manning Humanitarian Award: Kirk Hessing, Keller Williams Realty of Boise.

Code of Ethics Leadership Award: Jared Cozby, Front Street Brokers.

Unsung Hero Award: Judy McLaughlin, Boise Regional Realtors.


Enrique Contreras and Ana Paz, owners of Conpaz Inc., doing business as Enrique’s Restaurant in downtown Kuna, have been as Idaho’s Small Business Persons of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

They are one of Kuna’s largest employers. They will be recognized with 53 other winners from around the country in Washington D.C. in May.


Barbie McCormick of Nampa was awarded “Most Creative Interpretation” in “Threads” magazine’s 2015 “Inspired by Art” challenge. The magazine is about fashion sewing. This year’s challenge was to design and sew a sheath-style dress, inspired by a work of art. McCormick was inspired by French impressionist Claude Monet’s iconic Water Lilies paintings.

McCormick does custom sewing and alterations in her Nampa studio, Sew Good, and teaches sewing in Boise.

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Nathan J. Dang, a Boise resident since 2004, was honored by his peers in the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors as Surveyor of the Year. Dang, owner of Accurate Surveying and Mapping in Boise, has been surveying for 20 years. MUG


The Boise Hawks, Short Season Single-A Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, have hired Mike Van Hise as assistant general manager. Van Hise has spent 11 years in minor league baseball, with the last two as the director of ticket sales for the Hawks’ sister team, the Augusta GreenJackets.

The Hawks also hired Brooke Bedgood as corporate sales manager. Bedgood had worked previously with the Atlanta Falcons and the San Diego Padres.

Jon Jensen has been hired as an account executive after spending the 2015 season with the Hawks in a seasonal role.

Eneko Bereziartua, a graduate of Boise’s Bishop Kelly High School, has been promoted to full-time box office manager.


Christine Bennett, owner and president of Showcase Limousine of Boise, was named 2016 Operator of the Year at the International Limousine Charter and Tour Show in Las Vegas, where she was accompanied by her son, Nathan, Showcase’s manager. The award was given by Limousine Chauffeur Transportation, a company that serves the transportation industry.


Idaho Power announced Rex Blackburn, senior vice president and general counsel of Idacorp and Idaho Power, will retire effective Dec. 31. Brian R. Buckham, lead counsel at Idacorp and Idaho Power, assumed the role of vice president and general counsel of the two companies April 1. To ensure an effective transition, Blackburn will remain as an officer of the company through his retirement date.

Blackburn joined Idaho Power in January 2008 as lead counsel and assumed his current roles in April 2009.

Buckham began his Idaho Power career in 2010 as corporate counsel. An Idaho native, Buckham holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the University of Idaho, an MBA from Gonzaga University and a law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law.

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Idacorp and Idaho Power Vice President of Public Affairs Jeff Malmen was promoted to senior vice president of public affairs of Idacorp and Idaho Power. He assumes oversight of Idaho Power’s regulatory affairs department, in addition to his current leadership of the government affairs and corporate communications departments.

Malmen joined Idaho Power in December 2007 as senior manager of governmental affairs. He was appointed vice president of public affairs in October 2008.

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Idaho Power has recognized employees with 25 or more years of service:

Doug Larson was hired March 24, 1976, as a meter reader in Twin Falls and now works as a regional system operator in Boise.

Craig Rohm was hired March 9, 1981, as a meter tester in Boise and now works as a construction inspector in Boise.

Greg Johnson was hired July 12, 1982, as an auxiliary equipment operator at Lower Salmon Power Plant and now works as a real-time energy transaction leader in Boise.

Tim Sundquist was hired March 7, 1991, as a mail clerk in Boise and now works as a meter specialist at the BOC.

Bryan Stonemets was hired March 1, 1991, as a connect/disconnect rep in Twin Falls and now works as a distribution design technical advisor at Twin Falls Operations Center.

Curtis Vanpatten was hired March 20, 1991, as a transformer mechanic helper at the M&E Shop and now works as a utility arborist at the Payette Operations Center.

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Achievements — Companies


Tint World Automotive Styling Centers opened its first Idaho location in Boise at 9911 W. Fairview Ave. Open Monday through Saturday, the store will offer vehicle customization, residential and commercial window film, and marine upgrades and styling. The store is owned and operated by Dan Burrup, who has 15 years of automotive experience. He started as a used-car dealer and later opened an automotive repair and maintenance shop.


D.L. Evans Bank will build a new branch at 919 Blaine St. in Caldwell. The building is expected to be completed in October.


Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, has selected the Idaho State Police as a finalist for the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Kuna Joint School District No. 3 and Safelite AutoGlass were semifinalists. The Freedom Award honors employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members.

Health care

Saint Alphonsus Medical Group has opened the 7,800-square-foot Lake Hazel Clinic at 10583 W. Lake Hazel Road. It offers urgent care.


Melaleuca: The Wellness Co., a privately held maker of more than 480 health and wellness products, headquartered in Idaho Falls, says it experienced a record-setting year in 2015 with annual sales revenues exceeding $1.33 billion. Melaleuca says it has grown 40 percent in the last five years.

Boise Cascade has completed the acquisition of Georgia-Pacific LLC’s engineered lumber mills in Thorsby, Ala. and Roxboro, N.C. for $215 million. The company used $90 million in cash and borrowed $130 million to pay for the transaction and closing-related expenses.

The Thorsby mill makes laminated veneer lumber. The Roxboro plant currently produces I-joists, though it is currently idled.

Boise Cascade expects to invest capital and hire more employees to increase production at these mills for logistics benefits and to meet expected growth in new residential construction.

Real Estate

Thornton Oliver Keller, a Boise commercial real estate agency, has opened an Idaho Falls office. Brent Wilson and Brian Wilson will join the company as agents there.

Mike Madson, president of MGM Association Management, says MGM signed an agreement to provide management services for Winston Subdivision homeowners association in Boise.


U-Haul Company of Idaho Inc. says three businesses have signed on as U-Haul neighborhood dealers. Abyss Towing will serve Boise at 2668 S. Cole Road. Stor-It Self Storage will serve Boise at 12250 W. Camas Drive. Stor-It Self Storage will serve Meridian at 3735 N. Ten Mile Road.

Achievements — Good Deeds


Larry H. Miller Subaru Boise has donated $20,250 to the Idaho Humane Society and $11,000 to Ride for Joy, the dealership’s “hometown charities” for Subaru’s Share the Love program.

Team Subaru of Nampa and Subaru Corp. donated more than $10,000 to the Advocates Against Family Violence.


Icon Credit Union donated $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho.

D.L. Evans Bank donated $2,500 to NeighborWorks Boise to support the 2016 Paint the Town Project and 2016 Rake Up Boise events.

Food & Beverage

Dutch Bros of Boise and Dutch Bros of Canyon County hosted a Dutch Luv Day on Valentine’s Day this year to benefit homeless and hungry guests at Boise Rescue Mission Ministries. A dollar was donated for every drink sold Feb. 14 at locations in Boise and Nampa, raising $12,000.


The JPMorgan Chase Foundation gave $25,000 to the College of Western Idaho to help create a five-year comprehensive strategic plan.


The Idaho Nursery & Landscape Association presented four scholastic awards of $750 each during the Idaho Horticulture Expo to students planning to pursue employment in the nursery industry. The students were Elizabeth Tanner, attending North Idaho College; Shawn Gayner, College of Western Idaho; Samantha Rosalina Marinho, BYU-Idaho; and Jared Rodriguez, BYU-Idaho.